Office Online – Work on Documents from Anywhere

Microsoft® Office Web Apps is the online companion to Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel®, Microsoft PowerPoint®, and Microsoft OneNote® applications that enables your users to access business documents from almost anywhere. Users can view, share, and work on documents online using just an Internet Browser. They don’t need to have Office installed on the their system.
Office Web Apps is available to Office 365 users through Microsoft SharePoint® Online on E2, E3 and E4 Plans.

Benefits of Office Web Apps

With Office Web Apps, you’ll be able to work with confidence from anywhere using familiar tools that can help to increase flexibility and productivity. This page delves into specific benefits in greater detail.

Never be without the ability to access and edit documents

You often never know when you need to be able to access and edit business content. You may be away from the office or home when new data comes in—only to realise that the computer you can access does not not have Microsoft Office 2010 installed. With Office Web Apps, you can create content in Word, Excel, PowerPoint®, and OneNote on any computer in an Internet Browser and post it to your Microsoft SharePoint Online Site. You or your colleagues can then access, view, edit, and share those files from almost any computer with an Internet connection. Alternatively you can even access and view PowerPoint, Word, and Excel content from a browser on a range of mobile devices.

Ensure a high-fidelity, consistent view of your documents

You probably spend a lot of your time making your content look its best. As such, it would be reassuring to know that when you view your documents, presentations, workbooks, and notebooks you see the content as intended. Office Web Apps provides professional, high-fidelity viewing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote files. You can take advantage of the rich features in Microsoft Office on your desktop to create content that can be shared online and look as originally intended.

Edit Content with Confidence

When you create documents with Microsoft Office on your desktop, you may use rich content and advanced features—such as graphics, images, tables of content, and cross-references—to add impact to important information. Office Web Apps enables you to open the documents that are created in Microsoft Office on your computer, make light edits on the web when you don’t have access to your PC, and open them again in your desktop applications to seamlessly continue editing with full access to rich features and tools.

Work More Easily with Others

Some of your team members may use Microsoft Office on a Microsoft Windows PC and others may use Office on an Apple Macintosh computer. To make collaboration easier, teams need a common set of tools to easily share and edit content. Office Web Apps provides these tools, helping to simplify collaboration with people who use different platforms and different versions of Microsoft Office. With Office Web Apps, people can even work with others who do not have Microsoft Office on their computers. You can share access to files then edit them easily and instantly from any supported web browser on a PC or Macintosh.

Get up to Speed Immediately

In today’s fast-paced business environment, you can save time with a web-based solution—as long as it is easy to adopt and use. With Office Web Apps, you’re able to work in a familiar environment, using the same editing and formatting features you already know from Microsoft Office.

Browser Support for Office 365 Web Apps from Desktop Computers

For an Office Web Apps solution provided by SharePoint Online, all client computer web browsers must meet minimum version requirements. Office Web Apps is supported in the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 7 and later on Windows operating systems
  • Safari 4 and later on Mac operating systems.
  • Firefox 3.5 and later on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems

Mobile Device Support for Office 365 Web Apps

Users can view Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files using Office Web Apps in Office 365 using the following supported mobile browsers:

  • Internet Explorer on Windows Mobile® 5/6/6.1/6.5
  • Safari4 on iPhone 3G/S
  • BlackBerry 4.x and later
  • Nokia S60
  • NetFront 3.4, 3.5 and later
  • Opera Mobile 8.65 and later
  • Openwave 6.2, 7.0, and later

The Apple iPad is supported for viewing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files.

Further information

For further information on the functionality of individual components of Office 365 please refer to the Office 365 for Enterprise Service Descriptions